Hex Key (Allen Wrench) Sizes (w/ Conversion Chart)

Allen wrench sizes

It’s pretty much a given that when you buy anything from Ikea, it always comes with a bent, hex-shaped piece of metal that’s needed to make the screws fit. These tools are hex keys, although you may know them better as Allen wrenches and they can be found pretty much everywhere these days. Unlike traditional … Read more

How to Waterproof Plywood (4 Effective Methods)

making plywood waterproof

The true value of plywood is far from a mystery. Due to its composite cross-grained design, plywood tends to be quite strong at any given thickness, and far more impervious to shrinking/expansion than standard boards. Plywood also resists cracking and splitting when being nailed or screwed in place around its perimeter edges. However, not all … Read more

PEX Tubing Sizes (w/ Chart)

PEX pipe sizes

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you no doubt know what PVC is. In fact, you probably know about it even if you are living under a rock, as it’s used in underground lines. But one thing you might not be aware of is that PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and its offshoot CPVC have a … Read more

Types of Hose Clamps (w/ Sizes Chart)

types of hose clamps

Back in the day, home mechanics would fix broken exhaust pipes using a tin can and a couple clamps. In more recent years, it’s become illegal to jerry rig a car in this fashion, but hose clamps remain an essential tool in numerous fields. Whether you’re working on your car, doing some plumbing, or even … Read more

Torx Bit Sizes (w/ Charts)

torx bit sizes

One of the biggest problems with straight and Phillips heads are their ability to slip when there’s more torque than grip. This can lead to stripped heads and a greater risk of personal injury. Several types of screwdriver have been created to combat this flaw, including both the Allen wrench and Torx driver. There’s a … Read more

Parts of a Ladder (with Diagrams)

stepladder parts

When attempting to reach overhead objects, few tools are of as much value as a ladder. Ladders allow us to reach the unreachable and make the best possible use out of space in our garages and homes. While ladder use is relatively straightforward, most individuals never stop to consider the true value of each ladder-related … Read more

Sandpaper Grit Chart and Guide (Numbers, Types, and Uses)

sandpaper grit

There are several items that every well-stocked garage should feature in abundance. Of these items, few are as important as sandpaper. Sandpaper, in its many varieties, carries a list of uses that is as lengthy as the day is long. From finishing elegantly crafted woodworking projects, to salvaging rusted and pitted metallic surfaces, sandpaper’s value … Read more

27 Different Types of Ladders (and Their Uses)

types of ladders

One seldom considers the value of a ladder, until they are attempting to reach what would otherwise be unreachable. When we pause to think about our day to day lives, we quickly realize that ladders of one type or another play a pivotal role in virtually all that we do. From activities surrounding work to … Read more

CPVC vs PVC vs PEX (How Do They Differ?)

PVC is such a useful material that you don’t even have to be blue for the mere mention of it to be music to your ears. From furniture to DIY projects and even structural support, the sheer number of uses have made PVC the third most used plastic in the world. Of course, PVC does … Read more